Janie and Racial Differences

“And the white women cried and stood around her like a protecting wall and the Negros, with heads hung down, shuffled out and away” (188).

Hurston, Zora Neale. Their Eyes Were Watching God. 1937. New York: Harper Perennial, 2013

Further south Janie travels the division between white and black people is more evident. Previously this issue was not seen before in a unjust way more of a “beauty”way.

Women in “Cane”

“There was nothing he didn’t know when it came to women” (58).

Toomer, Jean. Cane. 1923. New York: Liveright, 2011.

There seems to be this hyper-fixation on women. It is seen in “Karintha”, “Carma” and “Fern”. Women are mysterious, sexual figures, and their emotions and experiences isn’t truly explained only through the view of the male narrators.

Writing style in “The Maltese Falcon”

Tom said: ‘forget it.’ The Lieutenant said nothing.

Spade asked: ‘Thursby die?’

While the Lieutenant hesitated Tom said: ‘yes.’

Then the Lieutenant said angrily: ‘And you might jus as well know it-if you don’t-that he died before he could tell anybody anything.’ (38).

Hammett, Dashiell. The Maltese Falcon. 1929. New York: Vintage, 1957

The dialogue is written similarly to how scripts for plays are written. There is also a lot of detail involving characters and their clothing, appearance, and movement. The writing is descriptive and easy to visualize.

Inequality within the Family

“‘It never bothered me much,’ he said.”

“You mean, it never bothered Anse much,’ I said”

William Faulkner, As I Lay Dying. Vintage International. New York. (1990) 240.

Toward the end of the novel, it becomes more apparent that Anse is not a grieving widower who wants to fulfill his wife’s last wish, but a selfish father. Despite the weather, injury, and others advising him not to travel he puts his children at risk.

Understanding the Past

“The compensation of growing old, Peter Walsh thought, coming out of Regent’s Park, and holding his hat in hand, was simply this; that the passions remain as strong as ever, but one has gained-at last!- the power which adds the supreme flavour to existence,-the power of taking hold of experience, of turning it round, slowly, in the light” (77).

Woolf, V. Mrs. Dalloway, ed. Bonnie Kime Scott (2005).

The story focuses a lot on past experiences and how they affect the characters in their present day. The beginning 92 pages deal a lot with mentions of the past and the characters attempting to come to terms with the outcome.

Perspective Demonstrated in “Clay”

“Here she was a long time in suiting herself and the stylish young lady behind the counter, who was evidently a little annoyed by her, asked her was it wedding-cake she wanted to buy”

Joyce, J & Seamus, D (Ed.) (1914) Dubliners. Great Britain: Grant Richards Ltd. 98

Maria is perceived in a negative way for both her looks and marital status. The topic of marriage is mentioned a few times throughout the short story, could there be a connection between these mentioning and strangers’ perception of her to Maria’s own opinion of herself?

The Middle Years

“It had taken too much of his life to produce too little of his art. The art had come, but it had come after everything else”

James, Henry. “The Middle Years”.  Henry James: Complete Stories: 1829-1898, ed. John Hollander and David Bromwich, The Library of America, 1996, 338.

Reflecting on his life, what he has done, and the things he has not done, Dencomde is unsatisfied with himself. This raises the question of what exactly  Dencomde finds to be successful and why does he view his own self as unable to have that opportunity to be successful?